Selebi's release bid 'doesn't exist'

2012-01-16 22:49

Johannesburg - The appeal made by the "Friends of Jackie Selebi" to have the former national police commissioner released on medical parole is non-existent, SABC news reported on Monday.

"It doesn't exist... as far as I am concerned, it does not exist," Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told the broadcaster.

"It does not exist on my desk and it does not exist on the commissioner's desk."

The group said it had lodged a formal application with the minister of correctional services and the national commissioner of correctional services about three weeks ago.

The minister said if the department allowed all appeals to proceed in this way, it would open the floodgates for all sick inmates in the country's prisons.

Selebi was found guilty of corruption in July 2010 and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

He watched the judgment on television at his home and collapsed when he heard the outcome. Selebi was being treated at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital for kidney-related illnesses.

On Saturday, department spokesperson Zacharia Modise said Selebi was in a stable condition.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-16 22:55

    ja,ja....wish that happens to my tax return.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-17 06:31

      "Jackie Selibi does not exsist. He is not sitting on my desk therefore he does not exist. Jackie Selebi is a story made up by the media to make the ANC look bad. Prove he exists - show me one thing he did in office. Nothing! So he does not exist." Minister Minidisaster.

      Boer - 2012-01-17 07:22

      Die ding lieg man daars niks verkeerd met die wetter nie.

      Mike - 2012-01-17 07:44

      It DOES exsist!! The first copy was stolen and the second "misplaced". He'll get his "medical pardon"!

      Joao - 2012-02-19 23:18

      @Squeegee : EXCELLENT. EXCELLENT. This is exactly the translation of what the Correctional Services Minister said. [tsk tsk tsk]...

  • Gollum - 2012-01-16 23:07

    "Zacharia Modise said Selebi was in a stable condition" Why is this news...all healthy people are physically stable. Can't say the same for the mental state of the "Friends of Selebi" though

      Deon - 2012-01-17 08:10

      It is news as only people that are dying can ask for medical parole.

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-01-16 23:17

    Jackie has been charged and found guilty by the court of law, therefore his final destination is not Steve Biko Hospital but prison for 15 years. Freinds of Jackie as they call themselves have constitutional rights to visit their convicted freind in jail.

  • Paul - 2012-01-17 01:04

    Another myth created by the media from 'unnamed sources'.

      Grant - 2012-01-17 02:43

      Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is a senior member of the ANC and as such is incapable of telling the truth even if the truth is less damaging. You must have noticed that over the years and will agree (unlless of course you are also an ANC member !)

  • Sylvia - 2012-01-17 01:37

    Methinks the lady Nosiviwe doth protest too much. The more they deny, the more true it's likely to be.

  • Grant - 2012-01-17 03:24

    Janine. Not quite. Stable is defined in the OED as not worsening. As he was recently said to be in a critical condition (LOL) I think he will be seen in golf kit before orange prison overalls. It will soon be said that he was sentenced to 15 years but served less than 15 days

  • Grant - 2012-01-17 03:30

    Janine. Not quite. Stable is defined in the OED as not worsening. As he was recently said to be in a critical condition (LOL) I think he will be seen in golf kit before orange prison overalls. It will soon be said that he was sentenced to 15 years but served less than 15 days

  • wynandjsmit - 2012-01-17 04:03

    They will do everything in their power now not to discharge him because then the poor bastard would need to pay for his own medical care. (and he is already supposed to pay for his own legal costs, and I can assure no one will ever here about that part again). The tax payers will continue to foot the bill, his medical costs inclusive. A great pity now they will not give the criminal parole. !!!!

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-17 05:04

    "It does not exist on my desk" Have you looked on that coffee table in front of that leather sofa next to that flat screen ?? I have seen the inside of your office mama !! Stirring up another pot of cover up soup ?

  • Anthony - 2012-01-17 05:20

    Jackie Selebi took............R166 000!!!!! Yes, that is R166 000 too much, and should have been fired from his job.....which he was !!! And he should than have been convicted of a crime, and send to prison, which he was !!!! But I believe this man is sick, and to what extend, is not an issue. He has already paid dearly for for his crime, fallen from grace, and if he is freed, possibly has lost everything he ever worked for. I believe there is something more going on, than that one wants to punish this man, guily of our national decease; Greed!! We all know there is corruption from the Top, to the streets, not just in government, but in commerce, in sports, yes in every sfere of our soceity. And not a few thousand rands, but in the hundreds of millions. There are plenty mitigating circumstances for Selebi, like this man has done more to free our country of tyranny, than possibly anyone commenting on this site. If we are soo bend on fighting corruption; why than the deafening silence on the guy who paid him the R166 000 ??? , convicted drug trafficker Glen Aglioti, who has still to spend one day in jail!!! Are we scared of this guy ? Is it that Aglioti is white ? What is it that has made us jump on Selebi like a pack of wolves? There is a lot more to the voracious attacks on Selebi, than us wanting to fight crime!! If we are so bend on doing so, why don't we take on a healthy guy, like Aglioti?????? LET SELEBI GO!!!!!!!

      wynandjsmit - 2012-01-17 05:28

      Let him go because I do not want to throw good money after him. Currently we are footing his bill. Get rid of him!

      clivegoss - 2012-01-17 06:13

      "Everthing he has ever WORKED for" ? O K if you say so !

  • Zion - 2012-01-17 07:03

    If all are denying knowledge of the parole issue then where did NEWS24 obtain the details? Selebi is a criminal if we like it or not. That was the decision of the courts where he was fairly tried. the fact that he was a senior police officer in no way exempts him from his criminal activities but rather the opposite. Hope he stays the full 15years behind bars as a criminal which he is.

  • Wimpy - 2012-01-17 07:08

    hy lieg.

  • Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-01-17 08:30

    If the man is sick or not only he knows. However, after hearing the news on TV he collapsed and is still in hospital. The strange thing is that with jail imminent and the bad news upon him, he does not have a heart related illness or even stress but his kidneys. One would expect that such bad and stressful news would affect the heart and the mind more that the kidneys.

  • Polotic - 2012-01-17 12:05

    Who are these supposed "Friends of Selebi"? Can't they be named, i.e. if they do xist?

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